Universal alleged that Grouper.com â€“ recently acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment â€“ and Bolt.com had built up traffic by encouraging users to share music videos from its artists without their permission. It claimed a video for the Mariah Carey song â€œShake it Offâ€? was viewed more than 50,000 times on Grouper without the companyâ€™s permission.
Josh Felser, co-founder and CEO of Grouper, said: â€œThe lawsuit is without merit and we expect to prevail. Our website is protected by federal law and weâ€™re vigilant about taking down copyrighted content when weâ€™re properly notified.â€?